Nokia Lumia 710 Review

Out of all the major domestic wireless carriers, it’s blatantly obvious that T-Mobile has been the most proactive one when it comes to selling Nokia devices, which is evident with past devices like the Nokia Nuron and Astound. Reinventing themselves, Nokia has a lot to overcome if they intend on being a major player in the US once again, but with Microsoft’s blessings, they seem poised to make a comeback. With that in mind, the Finnish company embarks on a new venture with its upcoming Nokia Lumia 710 for T-Mobile, which is priced competitively at $49.99 on-contract, but the question that remains unanswered is whether or not it’ll be a standout hit to garner some buzz.

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Start Guide
  • Product and Safety Information


When you’re deemed as a launch pad device to jumpstart a new beginning, one would only expect to see something remarkably piercing to the soul. Unfortunately, we’re a bit underwhelmed as a whole with the design of the Nokia Lumia 710 because of its oh-so predictable appearance.

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Accidental presses are pretty much non-existent with the Nokia Lumia 710, thankfully, because it employs physical Windows buttons as opposed to capacitive ones. Physical buttons are abundant with this one, but with its volume rocker, shutter key, and power button, they’re notoriously difficult to feel out – not to mention lacking a decent response too! Strangely, for something that’s a part of the second wave of Windows Phones, its omission of a front-facing camera is puzzling.


With the Lumia 710’s 3.7” WVGA (480 x 800) Clear Black display, it’s decent to say the least among other things, but it’s not totally mesmerizing. Of course, details are more than sufficient for its screen size and resolution, while its rich color production is especially tantalizing to the eyes. However, its overall allure is diminished by its weak brightness output and poor viewing angles, which ultimately washes things out and makes it rather difficult to view under the presence of the sun.

Nokia Lumia 710 360-degrees View:



1. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1246; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Isn't "ClearBlack" an amoled screen? How does it have bad viewing angles! That would have been the only factor that made this phone decent. Oh well... T-Mobile should have got the Lumia 800.

3. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

ClearBlack is not a display type, rather its a screen technology which puts in an extra polarising layer over the display to avoid reflectance, thus increasing the depth of black and offering clear sunlight visibility. There is the ClearBlack AMOLED display found in the C6-01, E7 etc and the ClearBlack IPS TFT found in the Nokia 603,(ah well, I find the 710 as the twin of 603) , Nokia 701 and yeah, the 710. Good day!!

31. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1246; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Wow thanks! I guess it just shows how little most Americans know about Nokia (and vice versa probably).

27. matt1q2aw3

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

The HTC Vivid was rated as having poor viewing angles by PA but it was not bad at all in the store. PA also said that its screen was not very bright which was also inaccurate, in my opinion. Read all the WP7 and Android reviews and take note about the tone of voice used. Compare it to the iphone reviews and you'll note a striking bias towards the iphone. One example is the use of excuses when noting something bad about an iphone. I went from WP7 to Android to see what it was all about, and b/c of the file explorer and Adobe flash. If WP7 added flash, a file explorer, and better multi tasking, it would be a fantastic phone. The design is elegant, beautiful, and simple to use.

47. thelegend6657 unregistered

And they are also bias to Samsung too . See the gs2 review compare to sensation xe

2. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

so i hear all this about how pretty wp7 is and yet none of these screenshots do anything to pique my interest... but i guess that goes to how wp7 is "competing more with iphone than with android"

4. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

It doesn't need to compete with something it's better than. ZING!

5. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

So your saying the Nokia Lumia 710 is better than iphone?

6. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I think he means the other one LOL!

19. wakingup

Posts: 51; Member since: Aug 13, 2011

After using androids and breifly going through iphones, I raealy grew bland, even with my beloved androids. Although I really love the customizeable aspect of androids, I still really want to try out WM7 which ILikeBubbles didnt like...seems great to me; probaly cause i dint try it before

22. rayjones09

Posts: 149; Member since: Dec 16, 2010

Admittedly it looks boring on the computer. But if you use it in person it's quite an immersive experience.

8. seylan

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

It puzzles me why Nokia chose to use an ordinary TFT display with Lumia 710, but used a higher quality and very bright IPS LCD on the 701 and even the 603, which run Symbian and are even cheaper...I'm fine with the design, it looks quite good, but it could be a tad thinner and maybe do with some metal...I wouldn't call it "boring" especially with the interchangeable rear covers. Well I don't mind the omission of a front-facing camera, I only tried video calling once with my current smartphone and would never use it again.

9. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

I think I am going to go w the radar on my value plan and get it this weekend with tmobile sale plus theres still offering another 100 back through the 10th if you trade in another phone any working phone. I just read where the htc radars camera flash works up to 10 feet away as well & that is one of the impt features to me.. So I think that seals the deal for me.. And I thought I was all set on the Nokia! But with the reviews coming in overall it's not more compelling then the htc Radar afterall!..

10. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Now, who the hell is going to choose this over the HTC Radar??? The design looks absolutely horrible

11. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

i got the white with cyan cover + cyan Purity HD headset for only 350 euros off contract.... super deal huh?!

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

if i had to chose one over the other, id chose the nokia over the HTC 1) nokia's navigation is the best navigation availible on WP7 right now... and its free, works in offline, ect ect ect. 2) i sell the darn things and i still see very little use out of video calling so its not important to me. 3) 1.4ghz processor > 1 ghz 4) They are both "entry level" devices so why pay $50 more for the HTC brand name and a slightly nicer design when the Nokia actually gives you more for less? 5) nokia only apps. It can do everything the HTC can do and yet more.

15. phunkinc

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

I sell for TMo too. I am a huge HTC fan (well before their monotony recently) and I am getting the 710. I will post my opinion on it as it is being given to me. I love Nokia as well and there are some huge selling points of that over the Radar.

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i was offered to champion it, but turned it down as i need my wifi tethering too much for school. Won the HD7 before as well which was pretty nice. Let us know how u like it after putting it through its paces.

17. phunkinc

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

Yea I'm championing it. Will do. Where are you located, always nice to see another TMo employee :)

24. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

In Jax, FL, you?

29. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Did not know you were in Jacksonville, remixfa. I grew up in F-L-A, raised in Fort Myers and lived in Tampa for a few years. LOVE Jax. Had some friends that lived in Orange Park, and spent a ton of time there. Good memories. While in your T-Mo store, give the Nokia a good once over. Very interested in the overall performance. Nokia hardware is supposed to be top notch. Very interested in your opinion.

38. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

nokia's build quality is normally very nice. we have the 710's in stock.. have had them for a while.. but we dont have a demo device to play with. dont worry, im not one to hold my opinion back. :)

40. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Yea, I like it here. Its a city without feeling like a city since its so spread out. My biggest issue is the FL school system sucks and I'm a big winter fan. Took me a decade but I finally convinced my wife to move from FL once we are done with our degrees.

21. mallkioskguy

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

Do t-Mobile customers still even like the Nokia brand name? Serious question...

25. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yes, surprisingly enough we still get regular "is there a new nokia" questions. I've had 4 customers come in asking about the 710 in the last 2 weeks.. i was quite surprised. And happy... that means people are doing homework for once. :)

23. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

I love wp & thought I was gonna be settling in with the 710 even switched from Sprint due to there slow support of wp. But the camera is of great importance to me & that alone is why I am choosing the radar over the lumia. The reviews coming in say the radars is better & also it has a better camera flash as well and better build quality…The slighly faster processor on the 710 will go unnoticed by me. The camera apeture is an f2.2 on the radar as well vs 2.4 on the Lumia. So the radar is better in low light.

34. ReturningToNokia

Posts: 130; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

@Landmarkcm...You switched from Sprint, to T-Mobile? And you switched because Sprint supports one WP device, while T-Mobile has only two WP devices? And want the Radar because the aperature is 2.2 vs 2.4 for the Lumia 710? Really? Wow.

33. DCBureaucrat

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 07, 2012

My thoughts exactly! The Radar is a better design (imho) and has wifi tethering - which saves me $$ since it provides mobile data for my tablet and laptop. And the Radar is currently FREE now that they are adding an extra $100 off rebate. If this phone was on Sprint or Verizon I could see it filling a need in their lineup - but both T-Mo and ATT already have good low-end WM7 Mango phones. Now, show me the new Nokia Ace and I might be interested.

39. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

since when does the radar have wifi tethering?

12. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

i like this phone, descent for what it has been manufactured.
Lumia 710
  • Display 3.7" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 1300 mAh(7.60h 3G talk time)

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